SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The two neighboring towns– Sudipen in Ilocos Sur and Tagudin in Ilocos Sur– ended their century-old boundary dispute after officials of both provinces signed a ‘memorandum of agreement’ (MOA) to the effect at the provincial capitol Thursday afternoon here.
Gov. Manuel C. Ortega of La Union, and Gov. Ryan Luis Singson of Ilocos Sur, agreed in principle with the establishment of a borderline–where Sudipen ends and where Tagudin begins– along the Amburayan River which will permanently separates the two towns.
The boundary line along the river was established by a composite team chaired by representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“The technical description of the DENR together with the proposed map in relation to the boundary line along the Amburayan River in Tagudin and Sudipen are hereby accepted and adopted by the parties as the true and correct boundary line in the two municipalities,” reads part of the agreement.
“This is a win-win solution to solve our boundary dispute. It’s (agreement) for economic gains for both of us and to avoid a long court process court,” said Singson who headed his province’s delegation for the signing of the agreement.
Aside from Singson and Ortega, those who signed the MOA were Mayors Jose Bonuan of Tagudin and Wendy Joy Buquing of Sudipen; and Paquito Moreno, DENR regional executive director.
“We are glad that the dispute has been resolved. We have no more problems with regards to quarrying and fishing in the river. ” Buquing said, adding that no resident in the area would be affected with regards to the voting aspect. JUN ELIAS and ERWIN G. BELEO/NorthboundPH